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Jersday Blog February 1, 2019

This blog is a day late and for that I apologize. Sometimes you have to work to pay rent, phone bills and groceries so blogging about jerseys has to briefly be put on the backburner. So without further ado enjoy the Friday edition of the Jersday Blog.

The Round-Up

Rob Gronkowski Patriots Jersey

The Patriots are in another Super Bowl and it makes me physically ill. As a fan of the Bills, Blue Jays, Maple Leafs and Raptors I can’t imagine the feeling of winning one championship let alone having one of my teams win¬†five Super Bowls. That sort of success has quite frankly left Boston sports fans arrogant, spoiled and glutinous. Quite frankly I feel sorry that Patriots fans haven’t been afforded the life lessons and teaching moments that come with your team’s constant failures. I feel as though I have come out the other side a better person.

Either way my prediction is that the Patriots will win 27-21. I hope I’m wrong.

Martin St. Louis 2014 Sochi Olympic Jersey

Of all of the jerseys I own this is a dead-heat tie at number 1 with my Spud Webb jersey. Both are two of the GOAT short guys in sports history. Someday I hope to be right there with them, I just need to find a sport. I’ve already tried baseball and basketball. I’m too frail for MMA, boxing, wrestling, football, hockey and lacrosse. Soccer players are usually signed by pro teams at age 12 so I may have missed the boat there. I think I’ll have to become a horse jockey or rowing coxswain.

Alex Ovechkin 2011 Winter Classic Washington Capitals Jersey

These are my favourite Washington Capitals jerseys. Of all of the iterations that played on their old colours, I think this Winter Classic look is the best spin on their vintage look.

While we’re here why don’t we check in on the Crosby vs. Ovi race that has been ongoing since 2005:

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Holy shit these guys are fantastic.

Dwight Howard Orlando Magic Jersey

Say what you will about the current public image of Dwight Howard. There was a time that Dwight Howard was the NBA’s best center and comparisons to Shaq weren’t so farfetched.

From 2007-2012 Howard averaged 20 points, 13.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks with the Orlando Magic. In that span he made 6 All-Star Games, won 3 Defensive Player of the Year award, finished top five in MVP voting 4 times, was named to 5 First All-NBA teams and Dwight single-handedly dragged the Magic to the 2009 NBA Finals where they lost to Kobe and the Lakers. The guy was on a fast-track to the Hall of Fame.

Now the artist formerly known as D12 is injury prone, a stylistic dinosaur and he has become a bit of a social pariah. Regardless, when he was going, Dwight was an absolute monster.

Jersey of the Week

Peter Forsberg Colorado Avalanche Jersey

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This is probably the best submission to date. Growing up Forsberg was by far my favourite player. Silky smooth mitts and the guy racked up stats like it was nobody’s business. 885 points in 709 regular season games split between Quebec, Colorado, Philadelphia and Nashville. It’s a shame he had so many leg injuries because guy was an absolute beast.

Of all of the Chel games, NHL 2004 was the game I easily played the most. So much so that Punk Rock 101 by Bowling for Soup is burned into my brain permanently. Back in those days I would only play as the Colorado Avalanche because it may have been the most stacked team of all-time. We’re talking the regular suspects like Forsberg, Sakic, Milan Hejduk, Alex Tanguay, Rob Blake, Adam Foote, David Aebischer and, for one season only, Teemu Sleanne and Paul Kariya. This may be the best team to not win a Stanley Cup.

The Weekly News Dump

 

Incoming: all of the “updated” spring training looks. Capitalism is a beautiful thing. ALso these jerseys are also beautiful. I’m a sucker for a powder blue baseball jersey.

Don’t sleep on the Big 3. What other league will you see a 40 year-old Scalabrine get crossed up by a 40 year old Jason “White Chocolate” Williams?

OBJ repping my boy Spicy P(ee).

It’s been years since an all-star game jersey moved the needle for me.

 

Throwback Thursday: the 2003-04 Washington Capitals

Let’s remember a few names. In honour of the Capitals finally making the Stanley Cup final, I thought I would look back at the roster that netted them the first overall pick in the 2004 draft and the right to draft Ovie. This team of studs went 23-46-10-3 (59 points) and set the foundation for one of the best regular season teams of the past decade.

Steve Konowalchuk

Konowalchuk was captain of this juggernaut Capitals squad… for 6 games. He was traded to the Colorado Avalanche with Washington’s third round pick in the 2004 draft (Casey Borer) to Colorado Avalanche for¬†Bates Battaglia¬†and¬†Jonas Johansson. Since retiring in 2006 Konowalchuk became an assistant coach from 2009-2011 and served as the head coach for the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds from 2011-2017. The grit grinder is now an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks. Read more

Eastern Conference Playoff Preview: Conference Final Breakdown and Predictions

Alright so I have to be honest, I did not see this coming. Maybe I was thinking too much with my heart and not my head, but I had both of the Second Round matchups dead wrong. First of all, I thought the Bruins would’ve actually been able to compete with Tampa, especially after watching the Bruins take Game 1 pretty convincingly. Yes, the refs were bad throughout the series and that didn’t help, but you don’t lose a series in five games just because of the refs. Even though the Bruins found a way to contain Stamkos and Kucherov, the secondary scoring of the Lightning showed up big time. Losing in 5 is tough, but they still did a lot better than I expected at the start of the season so I’m okay with that. Read more

Eastern Conference Playoff Preview: Second Round Breakdown and Predictions

While the winners in the West had a bit of a cakewalk to the second round, things weren’t so easy in the East. Tampa Bay took out the Devils in 5, but Taylor Hall did just about everything he could to give New Jersey a chance. The Capitals looked like they wouldn’t be able to lose in the second round this year after dropping the first two games of their series against the Blue Jackets, but after making the switch to Braden Holtby in net the Caps went on to win the next four games. The Penguins showed a glimpse of why they are the reigning back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions in their 6-game series win against the Flyers. The one thing we learned this series is that the Penguins can seemingly score at will, finding the back of the net 28 times in the series. Last but certainly not least, the Bruins and Leafs were the only series to go the distance and I was very happy with the ending.

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Eastern Conference Playoff Preview: First Round Breakdown and Predictions

The most wonderful time of the year is finally back. NHL Playoffs begin on Wednesday night and the boys at Bench Life are pretty excited about it. If you haven’t already, join our NHL Playoff Bracket Challenge quickly for a chance to win some cash and a Bench Life Sports t-shirt. Now, without wasting anymore time let’s get into it.

Matchups

Tampa Bay Lightning – 113 points (A1) vs. New Jersey Devils – 97 points (WC2)

Season Series: New Jersey 3-0-0; Tampa Bay 0-2-1

Breakdown

Tampa Bay has been at the top of the conference all season long, but the Devils have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL as of late. More specifically, Taylor Hall has made the Devils one of the hottest teams in the NHL lately. The former 1st overall draft pick in 2010 put together the best season of his career, finishing with 93 points and almost singlehandedly carrying the Devils to the playoffs for the first time since 2012.The issue is that after Hall, the scoring stops, and the combination of Schneider and Kinkaid aren’t exactly a guarantee to be solid in net. It looks like Kinkaid will be the starting, and it’s safe to say he deserves it. Read more

2017-18 Bench Life NHL Previews: #3. Washington Capitals

Part 29 of 31 in our NHL previews where Ballantyne, Waind and I rank each NHL team 1 through 31 and give you an outlook on their season. Starting from the worst, we’ll be giving you the reasons why we ranked each team where we did.

Check out the other parts to this series:

#31. Colorado Avalanche , #30. Vegas Golden Knights, #29. Vancouver Canucks, #28. Detroit Red Wings, #27. New Jersey Devils, #26. Arizona Coyotes, #25. Buffalo Sabres, #24. Winnipeg Jets, #23. New York Islanders, #22. Florida Panthers, #21. Los Angeles Kings, #20. Carolina Hurricanes, #19. Philadelphia Flyers, #18. New York Rangers, #17. Calgary Flames, #16. Boston Bruins, #15. Ottawa Senators, #14. San Jose Sharks, #13. Toronto Maple Leafs, #12. St. Louis Blues, #11. Montreal Canadiens, #10. Edmonton Oilers, #9. Columbus Blue Jackets, #8. Anaheim Ducks, #7. Dallas Stars, #6. Chicago Blackhawks, #5. Minnesota Wild, #4. Tampa Bay Lightning

2016-17 Recap

Record: 55-19-8 (118 points) 1st in Metropolitan Division (1st in NHL)
GPG: 3.18 (3rd)
GAPG: 2.16 (1st)
PP%: 23.1% (4th)
PK%: 83.8% (7th)
Corsi For %: 51.4 (6th)

Last season brought a familiar outcome for the Washington Capitals: another second round playoff exit. Despite a Vezina calibre performance from Braden Holtby and the addition of Kevin Shattenkirk at the trade deadline, the Capitals season ended the same way it seems to end every other year. A regular season good enough to earn the Presidents’ Trophy, followed by a second round exit. It seems like the Capitals have been one of the most dominant teams over the last decade, but really have nothing to show for it. With Alex Ovechkin now on the wrong side of 30, the window of opportunity for him to bring a Stanley Cup to Washington may be starting to close.¬† Read more

Bench Talk (05/12/2017)

“It’s like the bottom of the ninth and I’m never gonna win. This life hasn’t turned out, quite the way I want it to be.” — Chad Kroeger

Losing can be tough. Losing while riding the pine is downright insufferable. Reach into the styrofoam cooler, crack a cold one and let’s talk some sports.

In the News

Big Baller Brand ZO2

Thomas Waind (TW): The best article I could find about these stupidly expensive shoes was by Dan McQuade on Deadspin (http://deadspin.com/why-the-hell-are-lonzo-ball-s-sneakers-495-1794953264).

The ZO2‚Äôs are essentially an on-court shoe that looks like it could be a knock-off Kobe (typically $215 to $295 at Foot Locker), but are priced as though they’re luxury Jordans. Except instead of paying for the Jump Man you‚Äôre getting‚Ķ

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